Today the church celebrates the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist. St. John was referred to in John’s Gospel as the ‘beloved disciple.’ It seems clear that John knew a great friendship with Christ, one that entailed a beautiful intimacy. For me, this is what today’s feast calls me to – closer friendship and intimacy with Jesus.
The opening of John’s Gospel gives us some great teaching for further reflection during this season of Christmas. I wish to invite you today to spend time reading and praying with the opening fourteen verses of the Gospel of John, and to do so in light of this great celebration of Christmas.
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)